Pizza Hut reveals full list of 29 UK restaurants planned for closure

Chain says it is doing ‘everything it can’ to redeploy staff

Sarah Young@sarah_j_young
Friday 11 September 2020 11:59
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Pizza Hut has shared the full list of restaurants it plans to close for good as part of a major restructuring.

On Wednesday, the restaurant chain confirmed that it is in talks with creditors over a turnaround deal after facing “significant disruption” from the pandemic.

The company added that it put forward the proposals as “sales are not expected to fully bounce back until well into 2021” despite the reopening of sites across the UK.

In total, Pizza Hut plans on shutting 29 of its 244 UK restaurants, putting around 450 jobs at risk.

A spokesperson for the chain said: “We are doing everything we can to redeploy our team members from our Pizza Hut Restaurants locations that are closing and minimise the impact to our workforce.

“We are therefore unable to share exact job loss numbers for each Hut.

“We understand this is a difficult time for everyone involved and are supporting our team members as much as possible throughout this transition.”

The chain is aiming to protect around 5,000 jobs across its remaining restaurants as well as the “longevity” of the business, it said.

The move will not affect operations or jobs at Pizza Hut Delivery or related franchises.

Here is the full list of restaurants earmarked for closure:

Basingstoke Retail Park

Brighton City Centre

Bury St Edmunds

Cambridge, Regent Street

Cardiff, Culverhouse Cross

Chelmsford, Moulsham Street

Croydon, North End

Cumbernauld

Dunstable

Glasgow, Great Western Retail Park

Grantham

Gravesend

Huddersfield, John William Street

Leicester, Haymarket

London, Leyton Mill

London, Stratford

Maidenhead

Maidstone

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Oxford

Plymouth Royal Parade

Salisbury

Scarborough

Sheffield, High Street

Sheffield, Penistone Road

Stafford

Thornton Cleveleys

Weston-Super-Mare

Worcester

Pizza Hut is the latest high street food chain to announce closures and job losses since the pandemic began in March.

Costa, Zizzi, Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito are all among those making job cuts and shutting outlets.

Earlier this week, Pizza Express confirmed that it is to go ahead with plans to close 73 restaurants across the UK with the loss of up to 1,100 jobs

In a statement, Pizza Express said: “The successful vote unlocks the company's ability to actively address the challenges brought by Covid-19, securing over 9,000 jobs in the UK.

“Regrettably, the CVA proposes the closure of 73 restaurants, putting 1,100 jobs at risk.

“The directors of Pizza Express thank its creditors for their support during this period and look forward to ongoing partnership as the hospitality industry recovers to growth.”

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